Testing, tyre choices and more
The Ford World Rally Team completed a successful six-day test in Sardinia earlier this month. Test driver Roman Kresta covered 500km on the opening two days testing BFGoodrich tyres in preparation for next month's Acropolis Rally in Greece.
then covered 400km during which he finalised his car set-up for Sardinia and tested tyres. Grönholm completed the programme by covering another 400km on the final two days, achieving the same targets as his team-mate.
Tyre choices for Sardinia
BP-Ford will use BFGoodrich's g-Force gravel tyres and teams are only allowed to nominate one tread pattern this year. The pattern is relatively compact to ensure a maximum amount of rubber is in contact with the ground for the best possible grip and traction. The grooves can be hand cut to open them if there is a lot of loose gravel on the road surface or if the tracks become muddy. As temperatures are expected to be high, the tyres will be available in medium and hard compounds.
Ford privateers in Sardinia
The privately run Stobart-VK-M-Sport Ford Rally Team has entered three 2004-specification Focus RS WRCs. Britain's Matthew Wilson and Michael Orr and Finns Kosti Katajamaki / Timo Alanne will be nominated for points while Argentines Luis Perez Companc and Jose Maria Volta will also start.
Irish crew Gareth MacHale and Paul Nagle will also drive a privately-entered 2004-specification Focus RS.
Ford in JWRC
The rally is the fifth round of the Junior World Rally Championship and Britons Barry Clark and Scott Martin will drive a Fiesta ST. Eight crews will also chase points on the Fiesta SportingTrophy International, of which this is the third round and the first gravel rally in the series.
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